Michael Dougherty

Ph.D. 1999, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Maryland

My research has followed three avenues, two of which are directed at understanding the cognitive processes involved with judgment and decision making and one of which is directed at understanding memory and metacognition. However, most of my research bridges traditional judgment and memory paradigms. My theoretical approach consists of an integration of memory theories and judgment and decision making theories. In short, my goal is to develop a computational model of human judgment grounded in memory theory that accounts for how people generate diagnostic hypotheses as explanations of data, make probability judgments regarding the likelihood of hypotheses, and search out information in the environment to test those hypotheses.

I also do work in the area of risk perception, visual attention, law and psychology, and the effects of mood states on visual attention, hypothesis generation, and judgment.